new-york

John De Andrea

O.K. Harris Gallery

John De Andrea’s naked figures, posing casually on the floor of the O.K. Harris Gallery, are clearly meant to be shocking. And they are, for a moment, until one realizes that they are not real. With casts made from models, De Andrea has transcribed and frozen the particularly human—gesture, goosebump, pore, and pimple—into painted plexiglass. The uneasiness caused by these works lies in the manufacturing of what appears human from technical and mechanical processes. This is exactly the reverse of what had been disturbing about Gilbert and George at the Sonnabend, where the human had been transformed into the mechanical.

Although there is also a “living sculpture” named Carl in Jeffrey posed in a room adjacent to De Andrea’s sculpture, he functions as a pun on the distinction between art and life, demonstrating the virtuosity of De Andrea’s work. The game becomes waiting for Jeffrey to smile

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